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Monday, July 04, 2011
Further to a previous post about Traffic violations and stuff.....
TRAffIC CONTROL AND TRAffIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT (TCSP)"
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES fOR TRAffIC CONTROL AND TRAffIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT (TCSP)
Prosecuting Guidelines for Speed Measuring Equipment (SME) and Traffic Light Violation Monitoring Equipment (TLVME) JANUARY 2006 Prepared by: The TCSP Contact persons: Adv T Dicker , Ms A Swanepoel
GUIDELINES FOR PROSECUTION WITH REGARD TO SPEED AND TRAFFIC LIGHT PROSECUTIONS
1.1. The provisions in this document are operational guidelines only and noncompliance does not influence the accuracy or reliability of measurement results. The decision whether or not to prosecute remains in the discretion of the prosecutor.
1.2. The operator for purposes of these guidelines is a traffic officer appointed in terms of road traffic legislation.
1.3. The operator shall have attended and passed a course on speed measurement and, if applicable traffic light monitoring, as approved by the National Training Committee.
1.4. That the operator shall be in possession of an operator's certificate for the specific type of SME and, if applicable, TLVME.
1.5. An accredited laboratory shall calibrate -
1.5.1 All speed measuring equipment;
1.5.2 All distance measuring equipment; and
1.5.3 All time or time interval measuring equipment,
at least once every six months and shall issue a calibration certificate. If the six month calibration period has expired, equipment must be recalibrated before it may be used for prosecution purposes.
1.6 All distance checking markers for validation of SME's shall be checked and validated by a Professional Land Surveyor, registered with the S A Council for Professional and Technical Land Surveyors or an accredited laboratory at least once every twelve months. A certificate of the validation shall be issued.
1.7. No prosecution may be instituted where the speed measurement was taken within 300 meters of the commencement of the speed limit zone, except with permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
1.8. That maintenance and repair of equipment and accessories that will result 'In the calibration seal being broken, shall only be attended to by the manufacturer, distributor, or their appointed agent, in accordance with the SANS 1795 and the equipment shall be recalibrated thereafter.
A person qualified to effect repairs to equipment, which is authorized in writing by the manufacturer, distributor or an appointed agent of the manufacturer of such equipment, may effect repairs in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
1.9. All results required to be recorded shall be recorded in an appropriate register.
1.10. A copy of the following must be available at all times at attended sites where SME's are being operated:
1.10.1 A valid calibration certificate; and
1.10.2 The operator's certificate.
TCSP PROSECUTION GUIDELINE FOR SPEED MEASURING EQUIPMENT AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS JAN 2006
1.11 The driver shall be afforded the opportunity to view the speed-reading and the documents referred to in 1.10, if stopped by a traffic officer.
1.12 The authority responsible for the speed measurement shall have the following documents available at their offices-
1.12.1 a certificate showing compliance with the relevant part of SANS 1795 (applicable to equipment acquired after the re-publication of SANS 179S 20067); and
1.12.2 certificates for any distance required in terms of this guideline.
2. GUIDELINES FOR PROSECUTION WITH REGARD TO SPEED MEASUREMENTS BYRADAR EQUIPMENT NOT LINKED TO A DATA ANDIMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE
2.1 SITE SELECTION
When selecting a site for a speed measurement exercise, the following must be adhered to:
2.1.1 Site selection must be done during daytime for day and night-time operation.
2.1.2 There shall be no large, stationary, or metal objects (e.g. patrol vehicle, bus shelter) within a radius of 50 meters in front of the radar SME.
2.1.3 There shall be no metal road signs or vertical flat surfaces within 15 (fifteen) degrees on either side of the aiming direction, within a distance of 200 meters of the antenna.
2.1.4 The equipment may only be used where there is a clear view, any obstruction taken into account, within 45 degrees of the direction of aim over a distance of 600 meters.
2.1.5 There shall be no high-tension cables within a radius of 100 meters of the antenna.
2.1.6 There shall be no discharge type lamps (e.g. sodium or neon) in operation within 45 degrees of the direction of aim within 100 meters of the antenna.
2.1.7 (a) Equipment modified or permanently set that no signals are received and processed from vehicles more than 300 meters away may be used on straight roads. Vehicles used to test the modification are vehicles with a tare of not more than 750 kg.
A copy of the certificate verifying the modification or setting has to accompany the equipment at all times.
(b) Equipment not modified as referred to in paragraph (a), shall only be used where rises and bends in the road take all vehicles further than 300m out of the measuring area of the SME.
2.1.8 The SME shall at all times whilst being operated be mounted on a firm and stable surface and if mounted in or on a vehicle, the vehicle must be stabilized before the SME is used.